28 days Darwin to Darwin via GRR
Hi Birgit, having spent 2010 road testing your Top End guide as far as Katherine - I can't wait to test the Kimberley guide! I have really appreciated how you have managed to get me away from the coach trip infested parts of the Territory!
This is our plan for August (I know - busy!) 2011. It will be for 8 adults in 3 good 4x4s. Our interests at most stops will be hiking, swimming, photography (birds and wildlife as well as landscape).
Day 1 - Darwin to Ubirr, relaxed drive and sunset on the rock. Camp at Ubirr
Day 2 - More Ubirr if we want in the morning. Drive to Norlangie. Hike around until tired. Camp at bushcamp nearby.
Day 3 - Daytime at Maguk, evening camp at Yellow Water
Day 4 - Dawn cruise, drive to Coolpin
Day 5 - Koolpin
Day 6 - Leave Koolpin, Drive to Edith. Camp overnight
Day 7 - Restock in Katherine, drive to Gregory
Day 8 - Gregory NP
Day 9 - ditto
Day 10 - Keep River
Day 11 - El Questro
Day 12 - ditto
Day 13 - ditto
Day 14 - Drive to Mitchell Falls, or most of the way and bush camp.
Day 15 - Mitchell Falls
Day 16 - Mitchell Falls
Day 17 - Drive to Mt Elizabeth
Day 18 - Mt Elizabeth
Day 19 - Drive to Mornington
Day 20 - Mornington Wildlife Park
Day 21 - Morning in Mornington, drive to Tunnel Creek/Windjana
Day 22 - Morning in Tunnel Creek, then drive to Halls Creek
Day 23 - Drive to Bungles
Day 24 - Bungles
Day 25 - Leave Bungles, drive to Kununurra. Half our party leave us and head for the red center.
Day 26 - Drive back into the NT, keep going until tired (maybe Umbrawarra). Camp somewhere
Day 27 - Drive back to Darwin, whistle stop tour of Litchfield if time allows.
Day 28 - Spare day to allow for complications.
Day 29 - Hope to God I'm not on a morning shift!
Are we squeezing too much in? I've been to Kakadu a few times (being a Darwin resident) and am happy that part will be OK. I have no idea about anything past Katherine, and hope I have allocated appropriate time in each place. The last thing I want is to rush!
The worrying bit is that I may have to trim this to 21 days, if so - I'll cut out days 1,2,9,10,13,20 and spare day 28. Hopefully the rest of my party can get the required time off and this will not be a problem.
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